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Old 03-25-2006, 10:08 AM   #21
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Re: New Worth, Savings & Investment Choices

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As you likely know, the actual number of shares can grow in several ways. If you've chosen to reinvest dividends into more stock/mutual fund purchases, then the number of shares in your account will grow. If you own individual stocks, then the shares can split, resulting in more shares (though your account balance, in dollars, will be the same).

If you are in the accumulation phase and aren't reinvesting dividends, then you may not be making much progress relative to inflation
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Re: New Worth, Savings & Investment Choices
Old 03-25-2006, 05:23 PM   #22
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Re: New Worth, Savings & Investment Choices

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Tadpole,

As you likely know, the actual number of shares can grow in several ways.* If you've chosen to reinvest dividends into more stock/mutual fund purchases, then the number of shares in your account will grow.* If you own individual stocks, then the shares can split, resulting in more shares (though your account balance, in dollars, will be the same).

If you are in the accumulation phase and aren't reinvesting dividends, then you may not be making much progress relative to inflation
Actually, the only stock I own, I do reinvest the dividends. With my TSP account, the dividends, if present, are not obvious. All I see in the TSP mutual funds is my new money in buys new shares, I don't see any share gains from any other source. The same is true of my CREF Stock. I have had it for years without putting anything in it (old retirement account). The shares are the same as when I left the job. My statement was in reference to something like the CREF Stock account. What should I consider as the rationale of the use of the word compounding?
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